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Reading are promoted to the Premier League

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Reading will be playing in the Premier League next season after winning promotion from the Championship.

The Royals beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 last night to secure their return to the top flight, after a four year absence.

Mikele Leigertwood was the hero as his late goal secured the vital win.

It finishes a remarkable run which has seen the side pick up 46 points from a possible 51.

Reading can now look forward to playing the likes of Chelsea an Manchester United next year.

There was a pitch invasion after the matchPA
There was a pitch invasion after the match

But Brian McDermott's side still have two games to battle Southampton for the Championship title.

The Saints beat Peterborough 3-1, leaving them five points clear of third placed West Ham.

At the other end of the table Portsmouth kept their slim hopes of survival alive with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.